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[RC] Vermont 100 - sportsmanship - Steph Teeter

story from Sue Greenall:

10 miles from the finish, Kathy Brunjes' good horse Theatric tripped while doing a quiet canter along a smooth road. Kim Orr was riding alongside and saw the horse and Kathy fly through the air. Kathy landed and Theatic did his best to avoid her but ended up rolling over her with the momentum. Kathy was stunned but felt OK to remount but a few miles later decided that walking was a better option. Insisting that Kim not give up her front placing position in the 75 mile (Kathy was riding the 100) Kim went on to place third. Heather Hoyns and several other riders had caught up at this point and took over the care of Kathy for the last mile before the finish. All of the 100 mile riders agreed to stop the race right there and walked in with Kathy, who was now on foot, to the finish and then helped her remount to cross the line per FEI rules. Kathy was then taken to Dartmouth Hospital where x-rays and ultra-sounds determined that nothing was broken and she was released early the next morning. Kathy was with me the day, five years ago, that my horse tripped and fell onto me with more serious results so I was frantic until I learned that she was OK. Kudos to those riders who supported her over those last miles. When the runners of the VT 100 learned of this story a great cheer for the comraderie of endurance riders went up. We should all be proud of our sport!


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